Imagine. Create. Enjoy.
Today, I would like to share the fun I had playing with the Arabian Nights Series Stencils and the Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts. This post will be more of a show and tell, rather than a step-by-step tutorial. I hope you enjoy it!
For today, I will focus on my use of the Shooting Stars stencil in the series.
There are multiple ways to get paint onto your paper when doing Gelli printing.
It all begins with rolling out some paint onto your Gelli plate, using a soft rubber brayer.
Place a stencil on top of the paint, and then a variety of options come into play.
It’s best to play around and experiment to find what works best.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
You can place a stencil on the wet paint on the Gelli plate.
You can then place a piece of paper on top of the stencil and rub with your hands to get inside the spaces of the stencil. Depending on the stencil, sometimes this works better than other times.
Or you can let the stencil create texture in the wet paint, pull off the stencil, and then make a print on to your paper of choice.
Below, I printed on deli paper with the stencil on the plate.
There’s often so much paint on the plate, that you can pull additional prints (called ghost prints).
This time I removed the stencil and printed on copy paper.
Since I only used one color of paint, and since there was a little paint on my plate from previous projects, my print looked like this:
I decided to add a little more contrast, so I got out some dark paint. I believe this is “Night” from Dina Wakley’s heavy body paint collection.
TIP: I spritzed a little water onto the plate to thin the paint out a little.
I went through a series of steps that sort of flow in the moment. For example, I place the stencil on the plate. I pull a print. I remove the stencil, which is now wet with paint, and I try to print that on a separate piece of paper. Now the Gelli plate is still there with paint on it, ready for a ghost print. It’s a back and forth process. Once you try it, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Below is a photo of the paper I use to clean off the brayer and print the wet stencil on:
Finally, here’s the result of printing the “Night” color over the initial “Lemon” print:
What I hope you’ll gain from this post is that there are many, many ways to make prints with stencils and the Gelli plate. Again, you have to experiment and find your own rhythm that works for you. It’s all quite exciting and fun! I do hope you’ll give it a try!
Thanks for being here.
Sending Blessings to you,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com
I have been doing some experimenting and playing this week. How about you?
Would you like to play along with me?
Here’s something fun you might like to try.
Get your watercolor paper, stencil, texture paste, a plastic card, and a baby wipe ready.
Apply molding paste or texture paste with a plastic card or palette knife. Smooth the paste over and through the Shooting Stars stencil (or stencil of your choice). It feels like you are frosting a cake, as you smooth out the paste.
Wipe stencil with a baby wipe right away and/or rinse under running water to remove the paste.
Let paste on watercolor paper dry completely. Check after 10 minutes or so. If the paste does not stick to your finger when you touch it, it’s dry.
Begin to apply colors of your choice, directly onto the dried, textured watercolor paper.
Also, I find it so fun to apply water to water-soluble, colorful art supplies! It’s magical!
Continue adding color and water to your heart’s content.
Add a fun border if you’d like!
Enjoy your art!
Thanks for playing along with me today.
Sending you well wishes, lots of colorful playtime, and other good stuff.
All of my best,
Briana of OrangeSpiralArts.com